At home, in the garden, at the grill, in the woods, at the lake, at night. Mosquitoes can appear wherever you want to spend your holiday time, that’s a given. That is why it is worth being prepared for it!
Today we present the best ways to deter mosquitoes in home-made and natural ways!
And so: The best way to get rid of mosquitoes
It’s a problem old like the world: how to get rid of mosquitoes? This question appears every year when the summer season begins.
There are plenty of approaches, but unfortunately, the most effective ones are usually at the same time harmful to our health. Therefore, it is better to turn to natural, home-made methods for mosquito problem.
And there are many of them! See for yourself.
Above all: do not lure the mosquitoes in!
It’s the safest way (and for us and for insects). To use it, you need to know what mosquitoes like and … avoid it like fire.
So: What attracts mosquitoes?
- Floral and fruity fragrances (including perfumes, cosmetics and cleaning products),
- Dark colors.
It does not hurt to wear a long-sleeved T-shirt and pants.
In addition, it is worth to protect yourself using natural mosquito repellents. Which ones?
Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin after dilution. A good way is to use so-called diffusers, thanks to which the smell of oils is released.
What kind of smell do mosquitoes dislike?
Smells hated by the mosquitoes include:
Vitamin B against mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are lured by the smell of sweat, so you can try to change it by taking B group vitamins. According to some, mosquitoes are effectively deterred. And it is not harmful at all! (in such cases, we always recommend that you consult your doctor.)
Now a handful of domestic remedies to deter mosquitoes that you can use in the garden and on the balcony!
Which plants deter mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are also deterred by smells of some plants. The insects do not like the smell of catnip, basil, lavender, thyme, mint, geranium, as well as tomato leaves.
Vinegar against mosquitoes
It is easily available and cheap, and it will effectively deter mosquitoes, especially if combined with walnut leaves.
Here’s how to prepare a natural mosquito repellant:
Add 2 washed, dried and finely chopped walnut leaves to 200 ml of vinegar and cook for 10 minutes. Strain, cool and apply mixture of skin to places most prone to bites.
The smell of vinegar can disturb some people, which is why we have a much more pleasant way. Coffee!
Coffee against mosquitoes
On a plate or aluminum foil spread coffee beans, set them on fire and voila, a natural repellent for mosquitoes is ready!
You can also add a bay leaf to the grains.
What about protecting the children from mosquito bites?
Although there are plenty of mosquito preparations in stores, most of them should not be used in the presence (or on the skin) of children – especially infants. Therefore, it is worth reaching for the above-mentioned homemade methods against mosquitoes.
Essential oils, although natural, are not always safe for children.
They can be allergic, so use them with caution!
We find this to be the best mosquito repellent out of those we have checked out for children’s use – Chicco. We used mosquito sprays and an electric mosquito repelling device.
Finally, let’s add what repellants can be bought in stores.
We will discuss the most popular of them.
Bracelets against mosquitos
Bracelets against mosquitos are soaked in substances that blocks mosquito receptors. They must be kept tightly closed, if you want them to serve us at least a few times.
Ultrasonic mosquito repellant
It is an electronic device that emits ultrasound that is burdensome to mosquitoes. As the producers assure, this repellent provides a barrier against insects even in the area of 30 m².
Deterring mosquitoes with … phone apps
Similarly to ultrasonic mosquito repellents, they are supposed to work on mosquito phone applications. Although many people think that they work rather like a placebo …
“Mosquito lamp” sounds innocuous, but its action is deadly. It is surrounded by a live network, and its task is to lure mosquitoes. Insects, at the time of contact with the net, die. It should be added here that the applied voltage height is completely harmless to humans.
Once you scared off all the mosquitoes in the area, you’ll also need our guide to talk about … how to scare away wasps!
Other mosquito repellents
We can also equip ourselves with other means to fight mosquitoes:
These, however, are mostly chemical and hence neither natural nor healthy … As people who love traveling, we want to spend holidays in a clean environment and not pollute the world with unnecessary chemicals.
A good complement to our information about what is deterring mosquitoes is this video:
Ultimately, if the mosquitoes do not let us live in our own home, we have to mount nets in the windows. ; )